Provincial Board Members 2020
- Linda Stanger - President
- Grace Maier - Vice President
- Renate Sainsbury - Treasurer
- Jennifer Mah - Corporate Secretary
- Dorthe Flauer - Recording Secretary
- Sandra Hirst - Research & Awards Chair, Member at Large
- Susan Slaughter - Calgary Chapter Chair
- Jennifer Mabugat Chan - Edmonton Chapter Chair
- Antonio Miguel-Cruz - Edmonton Chapter Chair
- Dana Penner - Member at Large
- Sharon Anderson - Member at Large
- Kathy Tam - Member at Large
- Catarina Versaevel - Member at Large
- Adrienne Richard - Member at Large
- Haidong Liang - Member at Large
- Sharlene Standing - Member at Large
- Lynne Mansell - Member at Large
Grace’s background includes over 30 years of experience in seniors’ health services; continuing care and rehabilitation. Grace joined the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in 2001. This portfolio includes tertiary inpatient and ambulatory geriatric assessment & rehabilitation, cognitive behavioural and geriatric psychiatry.
Grace is a Certified Health Executive of the Canadian College of Health Leaders. Grace has strong relationships with other sectors, including those along the healthcare continuum, City of Edmonton senior initiatives and senior serving organizations. Some of the initiatives that Grace has been involved in include accessible housing guidelines and the importance of activity and early mobilization to prevent functional decline.
The opportunity to be involved in the Alberta Association on Gerontology is an excellent avenue to influence future services for older adults in the province. Grace hopes that her years of experience in seniors’ services will be an asset to the discussions in shaping the best possible service and support context for older adults to live the quality years they desire.
In 1996, Renate partnered with a local private developer, Ken Ferchoff. They envisioned the creation of quality affordable housing for senior citizens. Together, they brought vision to reality with the construction of Lifestyle Options Whitemud. Lifestyle Options expanded to 3 other locations including: Terra Losa, Riverbend and Leduc. Lifestyle Options plans more high quality senior housing locations throughout Edmonton and Alberta.
Since 1996, Renate has been the General Manager of Lifestyle Options Retirement Communities. These communities specialize in providing person-centred care to all residents. In 2015, Renate launched the ‘Butterfly Approach’ to Dementia Care from Dementia Care Matters at two Lifestyle Options sites. She continues to passionately work advocating for people living with dementia to improve their quality of life.
Research & Awards Chair, Member at Large
Sandra P. Hirst RN, PhD, GNC(C), Associate Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary. She has held a number of leadership positions in gerontology including: president of the Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association; president of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, and president of the Alberta Association of Gerontology. Sandra has completed a three year appointment from the Prime Minister to sit on the National Seniors Council. She currently sits on the Board of the IFA. Her areas of research and related scholarship focus on abuse and neglect of older adults, and the experiences of older adults who reside in long term care facilities. Sandra was awarded the Life time Achievement Award from the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta. In 2012, she received the Jeanne Mance award from the Canadian Nurses Association, the highest honour that a registered nurse can receive from her peers.
Member at Large
Dana is a Registered Nurse and has worked in Continuing Care for over 20 years. Her current role is Senior Director, Continuing Care and Volunteer Services for Bethany Care Society. Dana’s role is to oversee the daily operations of the continuing care sites to ensure residents receive high quality, person-centred care in a comfortable, home-like environment. Previous leadership roles with Bethany have included Care Services Manager, Director of Care and Site Administrator. Dana has been a Member at Large on the AAG Provincial Board since 2016. She joined the board from a desire to connect with like-minded individuals who are passionate about improving quality of life for seniors. Dana hopes her operational experience in continuing care can assist AAG to bring about greater awareness of the issues affecting Alberta seniors and positively influence decision-making at the policy level.
Jennifer is a registered nurse with a Masters in Nursing and over 25 years of experience in a variety of health settings, leadership, research and education. She is dedicated to excellence and impacting patient outcomes by positively influencing health and community studies professions. Currently, she is an Associate Dean with the Faculty of Health and Community Studies at NorQuest College. The graduates from these programs work on the front line and they make significant contributions to the health of seniors. As Associate Dean, Jennifer provides leadership for a variety of programs, some of which are among the largest in the country. She oversees curriculum, new program development, quality assurance, and program approval for over 12 programs. She is a driving force for innovation, simulation, and ensuring programs are workforce relevant. Jennifer is an idea person, she sees opportunities where other people don’t.
Jennifer joined the Alberta Association of Gerontology because she wants to make a positive impact in the lives of seniors and influence the education of frontline works so they have the knowledge, skills and competencies to provide quality care and support.
Calgary Chapter Chair
Dr. Susan Slaughter is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Life Science from Queen’s University, a Master’s degree in Nursing from McGill University, a PhD degree in Community Health Sciences from the University of Calgary, and a postdoctoral fellowship in Knowledge Translation from the University of Alberta. Susan Slaughter has extensive experience working as a nursing specialist in geriatric assessment and rehabilitation and is a leader in the care of the elderly. She has experience leading five funded longitudinal research studies involving people with dementia who live in long-term care facilities. Susan uses various knowledge translation approaches to enhance the relevance of her research for the care of older adults. She has published in journals specializing in gerontological nursing, rehabilitation, long-term care, geriatrics and gerontology. She has also presented scientific papers at local, national and international conferences.
Jennifer Mabugat Chan, BScN, BSBA, RN, GNC©
Edmonton Chapter Chair
Jennifer is a Program Manager for AADL ( Alberta Aids to Daily Living) with the Government of Alberta. Previous experience includes, Director for Clinical Operations of a Supportive Living organization wherein she was fortunate to partake as a Project Lead launch of U.K’s first Dementia Care Butterfly homes® in Canada. Jennifer is affiliated as a Regulatory Committee member with professional associations including the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA). Other involvement includes, as a Member of the Council for a Health profession regulatory college under the Health Professions Act, and actively participated as a member Provincial Dementia Advisory committee (representing Alberta Seniors Citizen Housing Association). Beforehand, she held the position as a Board of Director /General Manager in the hospitality industry and property management, respectively for over 15 years.
Member at Large
Sharon Anderson is a Family Gerontologist who brings a wealth of practical experience as a family caregiver as well as academic and research experience to the AGG Board. She completed her PhD with Dr. Norah Keating in the Research on Aging, Policies and Practice in the Department of Human Ecology at the University of Alberta after finishing her Master of Science in Health Promotion at the University of Alberta and Masters of Education in Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies at the University of Calgary. Sharon enhanced her knowledge of social support and participatory community-engaged research as a Research assistant and then Associate in the Social Support Research Program at the University of Alberta. Sharon also cared for her mother from 2009 to 2017. She currently works as a research coordinator for Dr. Jasneet Parmar at the University of Alberta and the Network of Excellence in Seniors Health and Wellness.